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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Report on internal refugees: 38 million people forced to leave their homes in 2014

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These children in Nepal, who are victims of last month's earthquake, are likely the latest to join the list of millions of people who have been displaced within their own country.

New data from the United Nations and the Norwegian Refugee Council show that 38 million people were displaced in 2014. That is up from 33 million in 2013. 

JAN EGELAND
Norwegian Refugee Council
"It's the third year in row we present record high figures. It cannot continue like this. It's a sign of a world that has fundamental problems in protecting and defending the defenseless.”

The displaced are victims of natural disasters, war, drought, famine, political conflicts, or incompetent government. They must leave their homes but lack the resources to leave their country. The Middle East has the most dramatic number of displaced people.

JAN EGELAND
Norwegian Refugee Council
"Syria is the number-one displacement country of this generation now. 7.6 million internally displaced, plus four million refugees outside. 11.6 million, more than 50 percent of the population.”

A diverse group of countries is facing this humanitarian tragedy. More than two million have been displaced by persecution by the Islamic State in Iraq. In Nigeria, almost a million have left their homes because of jihadist violence committed by Boko Haram. Chaos in Libya has pushed many to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean. There are 400,000 internally displaced people in the North Africa country. Ukraine has more than 650,000 refugees from its war. And in El Salvador criminal violence and drug cartels have made almost 300,000 people flee their homes.


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